Science, religion and the search for truth

The eminent scientist, former pop star and heartwarming media celebrity Brian Cox points today to a newspaper article defending science in the wake of the march for science, saying:

Defending science in the U.K., which essentially means defending all our futures.

Left: Brian Cox; right William Henry Bragg (pics: Brian’s ApollosChildren blog; Nobel Prize Foundation)

Committed to truth, Quakers find inspiration in science and the natural world and local Quakers include eminent scientists and environmentalists. But the honest and rigorous search for truth which we call the scientific method may discover quasars but it will not reveal every truth.

A scientist of an earlier generation, Nobel prize-winner WH Bragg produced a wonderful metaphor for how different disciplines work together to deepen human understanding:

From religion comes a man’s purpose; from science, his power to achieve it. Sometimes people ask if religion and science are not opposed to one another. They are: in the sense that the thumb and fingers of my hands are opposed to one another. It is an opposition by means of which anything can be grasped.

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